80 Over Eighty Honoree – Charles Childers

The story of Charles Childers was shared by Juan Perez, Family Eldercare’s Service Coordinator at Lyons Gardens, where Charles lives in an affordable senior housing community. Juan writes that “Charles is a WWII veteran and a writer with a unique personality and life experiences, and he inspires others to appreciate the beauty of life.”

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In Mr. Childers’ own words, he’s done “a lot of different kinds of crap.” To start, he dropped out of college, hitch-hiked the Pan American highway, and was an extra in Hollywood’s first movies. His early years mirror the lives of many brilliant minds. He found his way back to the University of Texas before serving in WWII. After the war, he was off to study at Columbia University and earn two Fulbright Scholarships. He is a prolific writer published in the university presses and has volumes of self-published work including a 124-page criticism of the Supreme Court Citizens United decision. He has traveled the world visiting India, Tibet, and Afghanistan.

Today he still has much to say through his poems and paintings. When thinking of the future, Charles says, “I don’t think I’ll live past 127, but I also may not be here tomorrow,” and that if he ever stopped writing, that would be the death of him. His advice for getting old is to “never go to a hospital.”



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